QUANG NGAI – Police in Quang Ngai Province's Nghia Hanh District yesterday temporarily seized Doan Thi Hong Yen, 50, on suspicion of the brutal treatment of her adopted 9-year-old child.
Earlier the police also seized her husband Nguyen Mui, 53, for mistreating the little girl.
Eyewitnesses said on February 10 the couple locked the door and beat their adopted daughter Nguyen Thuc Phi for allegedly stealing their money.
Some neighbours hearing Phi's cries informed local police while trying to intercede on the child's behalf.
On the morning of February 11, the couple took the injured girl to the hospital after local authorities forcefully intervened.
Phi is being treated at the Quang Ngai General Hospital for several bruises and swelling to her face. The little girl was diagnosed with an abnormal psychological condition by which she starts screaming in fear when in contact with strange people.
Doctors confirmed that her condition was much improved and that she could be discharged from hospital, upon which she was placed in the care of the provincial social sponsoring centre. – VNS